Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 334 27 February 2020

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Niche VoD provider Kwa Films promotes the hidden film gems of the Indian Ocean and gives them a longer life

27 February 2020

There are no statistics on how many films the Indian Ocean islands produce but it may be as many as 50 a year. However good they are, many of them disappear without a trace after their initial theatrical showing. Russell Southwood talks to Marie Trouvé, co-founder, Kwa Films about her niche VoD platform that aims to extend their viewing life. Niche VoD platform Kwa Films was started out of frustration by three people working in the film business: one was working in cinema, one a journalist film-maker and one a film editor:”We realized how short the life of a film…

Broadcast

Northwest African film schools to power home-grown television industry

27 February 2020

Film schools such as Esav in Morocco or Esac in Tunisia have begun to offer a program specially dedicated to the design of television series in 2018. The effort will…


Broadcast

Awards wrap: SAFTAs news, WOO names judging panel, Patricia Nzolantima is 2020 YPO Global Impact global honoree

27 February 2020

The Media Online’s weekly column delivering news of award wins, entries, competitions, dates to note and winners in the media industry. 14th Annual SAFTAs’ nominees announced Nominees for the 2020…


Broadcast

Nigeria: NBC’s Acting DG Plans To Tackle Broadcasting Monopoly - Reports

27 February 2020

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the acting Director-General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said that the organisation is committed to effective regulations and reforms to checkmate monopoly in Nigeria’s…


Broadcast

MTF West Africa alumni films get AMVCA nominations

27 February 2020

Two movies produced by the inaugural class of the MultiChoice Talent Factory West Africa and titled, Life of Bim and Dream Chaser, respectively, have been nominated for the 2020 Africa…


Broadcast

Disney's FOX channels set quietly flickers back to life on StarSat in Africa after 4 months following commercial disagreement and contract dispute.

27 February 2020

Disney has quietly returned its yanked FOX channels as well as the two rebranded ESPN channels to the Chinese-run StarSat pay-TV operator after an absence of four and a half…


Content - Film

Berlin: Nigeria’s FilmOne Makes Global Push With China-South Africa Pact (Exclusive)

27 February 2020

FilmOne Entertainment, the Nigerian distributor and production company, has gone into production on the first movie to cash in on the $1 million film fund it launched with China’s Huahua…


Content - Film

Nigerian Feature Film 'Eyimofe' Set to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

27 February 2020

This is the first independent film from Nigeria to premiere at the festival. Nigerian feature film Eyimofe is set to premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) which…


Content - Film

27th Annual Pan African Film Arts Festival

27 February 2020

There is no arguing that black filmmakers, not only — but especially — of late have created compelling, urgent and timely films all while keeping audiences engaged and entertained. Highlighting…


Content - Film

First Muslim film in Afrikaaps is heading for the big screen

27 February 2020

How does a family move on after the death of a father? That is the question at the heart of ‘Barakat’, South Africa's first Muslim film set in coloured Cape…


Content - Film

In brief

27 February 2020

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film market, has announced that it will be established as an independent institute functioning as a Non-Profit Organisation ahead of its 11th edition in…


Content - Television

BBC Rolls Out Programmes On South Africa's Soweto TV

27 February 2020

BBC Africa TV has rolled out programmes in South Africa on the popular free-to-air platform Soweto TV. The deal means that viewers of Soweto TV will now gain access to…


Content - Television

Uganda: MTN partners with YOTV to bring uninterrupted local content

27 February 2020

YoTVChannels and MTN Uganda have unveiled a first of its kind TV streaming plan. YOTVChannels is a mobile and web-based solution that offers local media content (TV and Radio) and…


Content - Television

AzamTV rolls out new channel ‘U’ exclusive for local content in Uganda

27 February 2020

Azam Media Ltd introduced a new Channel ‘’U” an exclusive local entertainment channel on the AzamTV platform channel 362. The Sales and Marketing Manager of Azam Media Uganda Ltd, Dennis…


Content - Television

Somizi & Mohale: The Union now streaming on Showmax

27 February 2020

The fabulous first episode of Somizi and Mohale: The Union, South Africa’s first gay celebrity wedding special, is now streaming exclusively on Showmax. The episode captures Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale…


Distribution

ESPN acquires the rights to the NBA in Africa

27 February 2020

Team World's DeMarcus Cousin of the New Orleans Pelicans runs the ball down the court during the NBA Africa Game at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on 5 August 2017.…


Distribution

Gravel Road Distribution acquires Academy Award Winner, Parasite

27 February 2020

Gravel Road is thrilled to announce the acquisition of this year's Oscar winning film, Parasite. Rights are for all-media, excluding theatrical, for Southern Africa. Parasite is written and directed by…


Distribution

MultiChoice Renews Partnership With Viacom

27 February 2020

MultiChoice and Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) have announced the renewal of their distribution deal which focuses on the investment in local content and on delivering content that…


Distribution

TRACE Mobile launches 3-part web-series

27 February 2020

To celebrate the month of love, and showcase the importance of mobile data in today’s digital world, TRACE Mobile, South Africa’s leading lifestyle network has released a three-part web-series titled…


Technology & Convergence

Angola moves forward with DTT rollout

27 February 2020

Angola has, in partnership with Japan, taken a step forward towards introducing DTT services. The services will launched using an ISDB-T transmission system, with a pilot project covering the provinces…


Technology & Convergence

Botswanan Govt blames poor DTT migration on consumers lacking receivers

27 February 2020

Householders lack receivers and this is hindering the completion of migration from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Botswana, reports BOPA. Information and Broadcasting deputy permanent secretary Oshinka Tsiang…


Regulation & Policy

Mdundo Music Streaming Service Cracks Down On Music Piracy In Africa

27 February 2020

Mdundo, a music streaming service which is active in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, has partnered with AudioLock to fight online piracy across Africa.…


Investment

MultiChoice Launches Fund To Promote New Content Ideas

27 February 2020

The MultiChoice Group has launched a multi-million rand fund to help in the development of innovative small, medium and micro-enterprises that produce media content. The Innovation Fund will target innovators…


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People

27 February 2020

The Walt Disney Company has welcomed former BBC executive Liam Keelan to a new role heading original productions in Europe and Africa Modibbo Kawu, Nigeria's Broadcast Regulator Boss Suspended From…


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Opportunities

27 February 2020

It’s time to register for Cannes Young Lions   Registration is now open for this year’s Young Lions Film competition, part of the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.…


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Events

27 February 2020

  International Tourism Film Festival – Africa April 6 - 8 2020 African films will be on showcase at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) – Africa, which is billed…